By Tony Sokol
This article first appeared in Daily Offbeat in 2014
Indigo child hospitalized
ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 3 /Daily Offbeat/ — A California woman claims she is being kept hospitalized and is being given medications without her consent after a phone call to her counselor brought the police.
Mylai Thi Nguyen called her therapist after accidentally hitting her younger brother in the head with an eyeglass case while frantically searching for her glasses. Police responded to the call and allowed Nguyen to voluntarily commit herself to West Anaheim Medical Center.
Nguyen spoke exclusively to Daily Offbeat from her hospital bed, where the reporter heard her being injected while she asked for administrators and senior hospital staff to intervene against the medications.
“I couldn’t’ find my glasses and I was throwing things around in my own room when my brother came in. I have the right to throw things around in my house, in my room,” she explained. She called her counselor hoping just to talk herself down.
“An officer came out. I’ll call him Officer J, because I don’t want to use his full name. They were aggressive at first, but I got them to state that I was not under arrest,” she said.
Nguyen says that a person who commits themselves voluntarily has the right to leave the facilities and that she has the right to refuse medication. Nguyen says she “is being forcefully hospitalized without even being served with papers” saying why she is being hospitalized.
Nguyen says that the hospital staff “is trying to say I hurt someone, but my brother will say I didn’t hurt him.”
“They robbed me of my family,” she said. She sees her son “through four inches of glass.”
Nguyen has been classified as autistic. She also says she has a speech impediment. She says “I have the right to be disabled.” Nguyen has not been classified as violent and dangerous in any way.
She says she has been forcibly given lithium at an earlier stay at U.C. Medical Center, “I was puking up after an hour. I was lifeless, absolutely drooling. I slept for two and a half days. Once I got off of it I couldn’t sleep for three days, I was jittery,” she said.
Nguyen, who is also a life coach who practices under the name Nova Divinely, does not believe in medication.
“A judge ruled that she has the right to not take medications. I don’t believe in pharmaceutical medications. That’s man made poison. I believe in natural remedies. I will not allow anyone to affect my state, my understanding of what I am,” she said.
“Doctors only spend about two minutes with me. I want them to get to know me just a little bit. They just want to get through their paperwork and get done,” she said.
Nguyen, who is also a life coach who practices under the name Nova Divinely, says she was classified as an Indigo child.
Indigo children, according Wikipedia, “are children who are believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities. The idea is based on concepts developed in the 1970s by Nancy Ann Tappe and further developed by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll. … The interpretations of these beliefs range from their being the next stage in human evolution, in some cases possessing paranormal abilities such as telepathy, to the belief that they are more empathetic and creative than their peers.”
Wikipedia says the phenomenon of Indigo children have not been tested scientifically and critics dismiss the idea as “a way for parents to avoid considering pediatric treatment or a psychiatric diagnosis.”
Daily Offbeat has not been in contact with administrators at West Anaheim Medical Center